All About the Dental Bonding Process

 In Cosmetic Dentistry

Gaps. Chips. Stains. Cracks.

If your smile is suffering from any of those problems, your dentist may recommend dental bonding.

Therefore, the main component of dental bonding is a composite resin designed to mimic the color and texture of your natural teeth. The use of dental adhesives, this resin is “bonded” to the teeth’s problem areas. A high-intensity UV light is then focused on the site to further harden and seal the bond.

According to the oral health experts at Lakeport Dental Care, dental bonding is the preferred choice for fixing structural issues because of the following reasons:

  • Speed and simplicity – A procedure for a single tooth can be finished in under one hour of procedure. 
  • No surgery or anesthesia required – No long waiting periods and recovery phase.
  • No multiple clinic visits required, either – Often, a single session is enough for the actual procedure.
  • Natural-looking finish – Just like your own teeth, but better.
  • Durability – Dental bonding can last for many years with diligent care.

Dental bonding: Two ways  

There are two kinds of dental bonding (also known as composite veneers). Additionally, your treatment plan will determine whether a direct composite restoration or an adhesively bonded restoration is best for your situation. In some cases, dental bonding may not be sufficient or may not be the best course of action to address the issue. As such, other treatments will be considered.

  • Direct composite bonding – The composite resin is applied directly to the gaps, cracks, cavities and other imperfections in the teeth.
  • Adhesive bonding – A restoration modeled after the appearance of the original tooth is bonded to the tooth using special adhesives and curing light.  

An overview of the process

  1. First consultation – To determine the status of your teeth and gums, you will undergo a complete dental examination and evaluation.   
  2. Pre-treatment teeth whitening (Optional/ or case-to-case basis) – Your dentist may recommend a whitening treatment to adjust the color of your teeth and make it closer to the color of the composite.
  3. Teeth impressions – Another possible pre-treatment step is the creation of impressions of your teeth to show how your smile will look like after the shape and size of your teeth have been altered (should this be the plan of action you have agreed on).
  4. Bonding proper – The actual application of the composite resin or the restoration, followed by bonding and application of adhesives, and finally the light cure.  
  5. Aftercare instructions – The dentist will provide instructions on how you will care for and maintain your bonded teeth. Take note of the dos and don’ts of aftercare guidelines. When cared for properly, your dental-bonded, beautiful smile can last for years.

Just a reminder: Not everyone is eligible for dental bonding. To know more about the procedure, contact Sioux City dentist Dr. Burhoop. 

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